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A daughter follows in her father’s footsteps

Tagging along with my professor father was the best possible teaching instruction.

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In the age of Skype, we still keep in touch via cassette tape

It’s no longer too expensive to call long distance. So why do we still communicate in such an old-fashioned way?

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The quirky cat who took care of dad

He adopted her when he was in his 90s, and she ignored everyone but him.

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Dad taught me the art of negotiating when I was just a kid

Buying, fixing up, and selling small boats with Dad helped me learn skills I still use today.

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Before video chat, calling my Deaf parents meant talking through a stranger

Talking to my parents on the phone in the days before Skype and FaceTime was a strange experience.

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A mother discovers she may be related to her adopted son

Years after adopting a baby boy in Lithuania, I discovered my ancestors may have walked the same cobblestone streets as his.

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To honor my father, I had to remember the uncle I never met

Though my uncle was tragically killed as a little boy, he loomed large in our lives.

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At 94, still learning from mom

Even after nearly a century, my mother’s voice in my head — and her life lessons — resonate.

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When you’re not so outgoing, you need the befriender types

I’ve benefited from their welcoming ways my whole life.

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Through Rough Seas

Robert, the passenger on our 41-foot yacht, was screaming. “We’re going to die! What’s wrong with you two? Why are you smiling? We’re all going to die!”

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My mom is online dating, and I’m thrilled (really)

Decades after my parents’ divorce, my mother’s back in the dating pool. It’s about time.

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Welcome, baby! Here’s what we were like before we were your parents

An expectant mom’s letter to her soon-to-be-born baby.

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I played matchmaker for my old college crush

It’s decades later now, he’s divorced and perfect for my dear friend.

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One last drive with Mom

A small adventure created a lasting memory for a daughter.

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I was raised by a single mother, and I’m finally seeing what she did for me

As my sister prepares to raise a child, I’m coming to terms with my own conflicted feelings about our mother.

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One couple, one tiny apartment, and a Dunkin’ refuge

Here for a Harvard fellowship, a couple finds their temporary quarters aren’t quite big enough when tempers flare.

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How running (slowly) helped one dad bond with his daughters

Training for races gave us the gift of time, even though they lapped me.

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My 35 years abridging Sue Grafton’s addictive alphabet mysteries

A is for abridging audiobooks, a job that bonded her with the detective novelist she never got the chance to meet.

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An athlete’s mom watches her youngest child skate into adulthood

Speed-skating fans see an aspiring Olympian flying around the short track, but I see the determination that has brought her here.

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The fate of my divorced parents’ wedding silver

In 1949, flatware was on every wedding registry. Decades later, my long-divorced parents remembered more important things.

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You can learn a lot from kids’ conversations in cars

As my daughters chatter away, I begin to understand what my own mom must have been feeling listening to us in the back seat.

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In just a few words, Dad sends oceans of love

Even from far away, my father always keeps the lines of communication open.

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We’re sisters from different planets, but our bond won’t quit

Our paths have diverged, but she’s my big sister just the same.

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A stepmom’s breakthrough moment

I didn’t really know what my stepsons thought of me. Then lightning struck.

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A Muslim and a Jew decorate the tree, Little House on the Prairie-style

An Iraqi refugee teaches her new American friend about an openhearted Baghdad tradition.

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At age 28, a joyful breakthrough for my autistic son

Sports, and Special Olympics in particular, was the one thing that worked well for him. Until we discovered another outlet that he has enthusiastically embraced.

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Grown kids with parents living just across the hall? It works for us.

My wife and I live 12 feet away from our daughter and her family. And everyone loves it.

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Yes, honey, bring down all the holiday decorations from the attic

Family history lives in those red and green plastic boxes that come downstairs only once a year.

Tania N. Fabo, of Saugus, was announced as a recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship on Sunday. She is a senior at Harvard College.

Seven of the 2018 Rhodes Scholars have Massachusetts connections

Four students attend Harvard University, two go to MIT, and one Mass. resident attends the US Naval Academy.

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We’re newlyweds over 50, and the best is yet to come

My husband knows we’re a mature couple. He just doesn’t seem to care — and I love that about him.

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Will my California-raised, Sox-fan son choose college in Massachusetts?

Touring Bay State colleges with her 17-year-old, a California mom realizes where his heart lies.

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When the tables turn on mother and child

I became my mom’s caretaker, and my own daughter will eventually do the same for me.

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Sharing the parenting spotlight

My husband is the “good cop” with our daughters, and that’s not fair — to me or him.

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Knitting was mom’s passion and keeps me linked to her

I recognized my mother’s handwriting instantly — but what did her mysterious knitting instructions mean?

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A Dinner With Cupid reader speaks up about what daters are getting wrong

More than 20 years after an awkward first date, some advice for disappointed Dinner With Cupid participants

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The sounds that save us

Human voices, phonograph records, even chirping — sounds help tie us together and carry us through.

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At 70, he’s still waiting to get the call from the Red Sox

Why would I let a little thing like age dampen my dream of playing in the majors?

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When English is a foreign language

My husband and niece are American, but for me, the language of love is Arabic.

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What I learned from my kids’ preschool teacher

Spending time in my children’s classroom changed my approach to parenting.

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My motorcycle summer

We were middle-aged, but somehow everything felt new. A tale of love found and lost.

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Immigration status made all the difference between my brother and me

I was born in Colombia. He was born in Texas. He could travel, visit our family abroad, and take driver’s ed. I had to settle for staycations, Skype calls, and hitched rides.

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A lifelong friendship, from Boston to Hawaii

A homesick Hawaiian and a gregarious Bay Stater forged a bond in college that lasts today.

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Lessons in tennis — and life — pass from father to son to grandson

Once you’ve internalized the rules and etiquette of tennis, not much needs to be said.

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How a Google ad inspired me to discover the father I lost when I was young

A journey from a small village to a world capital in search of a long-lost father.

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A physician and her gearhead father talk shop

For us, trading expertise is love.

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Losing Syria, and my grandmother

Like my grandmother, the country was cut off from me but still there, broken but alive.

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Me vs. the squirrels: This is war

First they figured out a way to get from the tree to the roof. Then the fun really began.

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My simple good deed left me with a pain in the wallet

You read about things like a motorist paying the toll for the next car. I wanted to be that guy for once.

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I look just like my husband’s ex-wife

We could be sisters, and we’ve had the same taste in partners. But I’m over it.

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I’m going to miss my son, and his friends, when he heads to college

When my son and his buddies head off to college, my house is sure going to seem empty without those after-school refrigerator raids.